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Wednesday, 12.May.2004

11:45 - what's wrong with american society // linkage and quick ranting

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this article is a pretty interesting read about some scientists doing research into fat and how it kills the human body. They are discovering some rather thoughfull facts about the interreaction between fat cells and the rest of the body.

The problem isn't that they are doing this research, I'm all for research in any case. The problem is in this line:

The answers will help explain -- and perhaps offer solutions to -- the real tragedy of the obesity epidemic, its disastrous effect on health.

WTF? I've got a solution for ya, bucky, DON'T LET YOURSELF GET SEVERLY OVERWEIGHT! Really, it's *that* farking simple. We don't need another pill your doctor can prescribe that will neutralize the toxins excreted by the 150# of fat cells you're carrying around, while you go on your way merrilly chomping down on every greaseburger you can find. What we need is a bit of personal responsibility and for you to get off your fat lazy ass and fix the problem yourself. Eat better, live a better lifestyle, and thus you will be better.

But no, that's not the american way. Our great society thinks that every problem we bring on ourselves should be solved by someone else with a magic pill. No one wants to fix their problems on their own, they want someone else to find a solution that requires them to do little or no effort and allows them to continue the disasterous behavior that created the problem in the first place.

gah.. I guess now that I'm in such a *wonderful* mood, I may as well make that call and start bitching at Gateway (we're having issues with one of their laptops).

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From:graphxgrrl
Date:12:08 12.May.2004 (UTC)
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I would like to note though, that there are some people who due to metabolic issues and similar are overweight for reasons beyond their control. :)
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From:lograh
Date:13:20 12.May.2004 (UTC)
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Oh, I fully recognise that fact and do not hold those in such circumstances to be fully at fault for their condition.

Yes, some people have very valid biological reasons for their weight issues, and I sympathise with them and feel that they have a very difficult challenge to balance their intake and excersize with the handicap their body has thrust upon them. I've met people who are grossly overweight and it is a diagnosed biological problem with their body and there was nothing that could be done about it.

I've also, however, met people who eat 6 McDonald's cheeseburgers every night (washing it down with *diet* soda, as though at that point it's going to help worth a damn) who can't understand why they are so overweight and gaining. My problem is with them. The people who do not have the biological reason. They are severly overweight as a direct and sole result of their own actions, and are not willing to take responsibility.
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From:macklinr
Date:13:06 12.May.2004 (UTC)
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Or option #2: for those already obese, lose the weight.

But wait, there's more! Perhaps one would like to loose the weight naturally, but start gaining the benefits of the reduced signals now, they could take a magic fucking pill to help. Remember, this problem is caused by our society. If our society can also produce a solution that is actually healthy, well, let's wait to cast stones until something shitty *actually* happens.

This all brought to you by the Committee to Chill Out.
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From:ex_ilk
Date:14:25 12.May.2004 (UTC)
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Can I get an amen?
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